Saturday, April 15, 2006 

Absolut Corruption

Thursday, April 13, 2006 

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Field & Stream says Bush Admin bad for hunting and fishing

Before I go out and enjoy the sunshine here is a link to Field and Stream about the Bush/Cheney whitehouse effects on hunting and fishing. (hint: the effects are pretty devestating)
The winners are the energy companies, which have been able to acquire their leases for as little as $2 per acre. The casualties are big game, upland birds, cold- and warmwater fisheries, the traditional interests of hunters and anglers, and the economic welfare of communities whose livelihoods are based on outdoor recreation and ranching...

Peter Dube, an outfitter from Buffalo, Wyoming, has already felt these impacts firsthand. “My ranch is out in the sticks,” he says, “60 miles from Buffalo, 45 miles from Gillette, and I’ve had to wait to pull onto my county road because the truck traffic is so bad—with smog like L.A.” Pronghorn and mule deer habitat has become fragmented, and his hunters have lost what Dube calls “the aesthetic experience” of being in a remote and quiet landscape.
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NEOBean - Great Idea - Great Blog! plus a rant on the politics of breastfeeding.

I just found this awesome blog/organization called NEOBean. It is dedicated to increasing breastfeeding rates in North East Ohio. Many of you will think, well - I see what this has to do with parenting but politics - I don't see it. Stick with me...

Breastfeeding is very political. First, In the obvious way - many legislatures and employers would like to control when, where and how a mother can feed an infant. The government has no place telling an infant it can not drink mothers milk in public and an employer should not be allowed to prevent a new mom from pumping breastmilk. It is the most natural, healthy and soothing for the infant and government should not limit the newborns freedoms just because someone is hung up on partially exposed breasts (which you usually cannot glimpse when the infant is nursing anyways!). Second - the formula industry is very powerful and works hard to inflitrate hospitals and homes to prevent breastfeeding. If the formula companies can convince a young mother that they need to suppliment with formula, that the baby doesn't need breastmilk and formula is just as healthy or that breastfeeding is a hassle then - they have succesfully created a little addict for themselves. It only takes a short while for a mothers milk supply to dry up if an infant isn't feeding regularly. (breasts respond to the infants needs and will stop producing milk if the infant isn't eating) If the mother is told to suppliment then her milk supply will drop. Formula companies often give away free formula to new mothers in hospitals and send out dozens of coupons and freebies via the mail - just to get a family hooked.

The other important part of breastfeeding and politics is that breastfed babies are healthier babies. Breastfeeding not only helps in physical health but it also promotes a strong mother child bond. These two factors can contribute to creating a better community in mulitiple ways even economically.

So, for those reasons - I am extremely excited to find NEOBean! Cuyahoga County and Ohio in general have low breastfeeding rates. We need advocates like this to help new mothers/families make knowledgable choices when it comes to feeding thier newborns.

More about NEOBean:
NEOBEAN is a network of individuals representing a diversity of perspectives who share a commitment to increasing breastfeeding rates and exclusive breastfeeding duration in Northeast Ohio. The co-facilitators of the network want to help participants in the network to become more intentional about using their connections with others in the Northeast Ohio area to make our individual and joint efforts at breastfeeding education and advocacy ever more effective.

Our belief: That babies were born to breastfeed, and that portraying breastfeeding positively and supporting mothers’ desires to breastfeed wherever their babies are hungry is a key to sustaining our residents’ long term good health.

NEOBEAN activists will be pursuing four initiatives this year.

1) Fundraising to support the purchase of breastfeeding videos and books for all of the neighborhood branches of Cleveland Public Library, and display materials for branches to use in August during World Breastfeeding Week.

2) Cooperation with WIC to make breastfeeding support groups possible in neighborhood libraries, community centers, churches, or other nonprofits that are willing to donate space where new mothers can meet with trained breastfeeding peer mentors.

3) Building connections with local workplaces which employ large numbers of women, and conducting research on different ways of encouraging pregnant women to initiate breastfeeding and sustain it with workplace support after they return to paid work.

4) The development of continuing education workshops for hospital administrators, nurses, midwives, obstetricians, pediatricians, and family medicine doctors to bring nationally-recognized breastfeeding educators to Cleveland. A workshop will also be developed for human resources professionals so they can learn how breastfeeding-friendly practices can save companies money. The workshops will grow a support base for ongoing efforts to move more local hospitals toward baby-friendly certification, and more local workplaces toward family-friendly and breastfeeding-friendly policies and practices.

Would you like to help with one of these initiatives? Sandy Piderit by phone at 216-368-4642.
Exciting huh?

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Morning Round Up of Ohio Progressive Blogs (Thursday)

The best Progressive Blog diaries this morning with a focus on Ohio State Liberal Blogs.

More Lies from the Administration (and a little Ohio Corruption)....
Truth, for a Change points this out in a diary about the "biolab trailers" evidence that was used as "proof positive" of WMD in Iraq. I gotta admit - I was fooled by this, I wanted to believe our adminstration, I wanted to believe Colin Powell.

PrissyPatriot follows the lies and gives us this great cartoon.

LICOPAC has "Had Enough!" of the corruption in Ohio but he's not so sure that the rest Ohioans have. I'm with him. I think that many Ohioans will allow themselves to be suckered again.

Democratic Veteran points out that "He (Bush) can't stop lying can he?"

Fear in America...
Stubborn Liberal follows Jonathon Alterman in a diary about how the Republicans have changed the famous FDR quote "We have nothing to fear but fear itself" to "The only thing we have to do is fear." This is a great diary. I have thought this myself for a while and even have this bumpersticker on my minivan:

Well, that's it for today. Short and Sweet. :-) I am going to update my blogroll and add a few new blogs over the weekend - if you think of any of have missed add a comment or send me an email. Thanks! Enjoy the weather.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006 

Neighbor to Neighbor Day (Canvass CleveHts Event) with Subodh Chandra & Julian Rogers

As many of you know I am taking part in the April 29th Neighbor-to-Neighbor Organizing Day. (more info below) I'd like to use this diary to invite more people to participate and let everyone know that candidate for Ohio State Representative for District 9 Julian Rogers has confirmed to meet with us and it looks like Ohio Attorney General Candidate Subodh Chandra is going to visit our event as well. So - that should be very exciting!

Canvas Cleveland Hts (April 29 Canvass)
Please join us Saturday April 29th

"Democrats have a clear vision for America, and we're going to get the word out by making personal contact with our neighbors. And along the way we will build new relationships among volunteers on the ground, a network that will have an impact beyond a single day." Howard Dean

Volunteers will knock on doors, present or leave a single flyer that spells out why we are Democrats, and recruit other volunteers from the precinct.

All materials supplied. Wear your walking shoes.

Light refreshments served before. (mmmmm donuts!)

email me at if you have any questions.

Thanks to everyone for signing up for the event and for the great input. If you have already signed up - Don't forget to Save the Date!

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Morning Round Up of Ohio Progressive Blogs (Sick Week Version)

The best Progressive Blog diaries this morning with a focus on Ohio State Liberal Blogs - with a little different format today since I missed so much while I was sick.

Many bloggers were concerned/amused by Capri Cafaros decision to sue anyone who mistates her immunity deal.
I wasn't the only blogger who was sick or decided to take a break - Ohio had a lot of nice weather and some great personal posts from local bloggers. (not necessarily politics but fun)
The national political scandals were all over our local blogs while I was sick...
As expected most bloggers focused on local candidates and Ohio political events.
I think I am caught up now. Thanks for the great diaries.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006 

Why the Left is Right - Liberal Quotes

I didn't get to post these this weekend, So- here ya go! (The Al Franken one is pretty funny.)

Watching a true American hero hang a For Sale sign on his principles is a profoundly sad thing.
-- Arianna Huffington, on John McCain selling his soul to George Bush and Jerry Falwell.

Today, the average American's share of the national debt is $27,000 and rising . . . Every day we ignore the problem, we increase the chances that the problem will have severe, if not catastrophic, consequences.
-- John F. Ince

I was just talking to Newt Gingrich the other day. And I said to him, "Don't you want for a gay couple what you had with your first wife? Don't you want that bond that comes with the pledge of fidelity that you had with your second wife? Don't you want what comes with that lifelong bond that you may or may not have with your third wife?
-- Al Franken

From the book The Best Liberal Quotes Ever - Why the Left is Right.

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Yikes.. Overheard at lunch and Downtown Baghdad Blues

Hey Everyone. Sorry I have been absent for so long. First - my two year old was sick and then I got sick too! Yuck. It was horrible. You just don't bounce back very quickly when you are in the home stretches of pregnancy. I am pretty much better now.

My husband took a day off work yesterday to give me a little break with the toddler. It was nice. He took her to playgroup and then we went out for lunch. Pretty relaxing. We went to lunch at a Mexican place in an eastside cleveland suburb. (which is much more red than Cleve Hts but still in Cuyahoga County) I had to get everything mild due to heartburn but I still enjoyed it.

While I was waiting at the table I overheard 2 nicely dressed middle aged women talking about what seemed like a common /aquaintence/relative (perhaps a daughter) who was in college and had a new boyfriend. Apparently, the boyfriend was introduced to both of them at a recent event and they commented on how nice and handsome he seemed. Blah. Blah. But then..... the mood changed and one woman said, "Yeah, but he's is a Republican". (In a way that conveyed that maybe the whole "nice thing" was an act and she didn't trust him completely.) And then the other one said "Well, she's young". Ha! I thought that was funny. Of course, there are "nice" republicans but the whole lot is getting dirtied by the disgusting politicians that currently represent them.

Then the other day, I was listening to "Left of Center" on Sirius and I heard this great song. Downtown Baghdad Blues. It is from an Irish band called Black 47. It is a celtic protest song. Here are the lyrics-

Downtown Baghdad Blues
Got a buddy in Najaf, he’s playing it straight
Prays to the Lord Jesus Christ every night
Got a homey in Samarra goin’ up the walls
Every time he hears an Islamic prayer call
Me, I don’t care much for Jesus or Mohammed
They don’t stop bullets to the best of my knowledge
Later for the both of you, catch you in eternity
Hopefully, toward the end of this century

I didn’t want to come here, I didn’t get to choose
I got the hup, two, three, four Downtown Baghdad Blues.

I wish I was back home rootin’ for the Padres
’Stead of dodgin’ bullets from Mookie El Sadr
I wish I was back in the land of Guiliani
Instead of takin’ heat from Ayatollah Sistani
Don’t know what I’m doin’, but one thing is clear
Twenty years old, I can kill but I can’t buy a beer
Keep your head down, don’t get your brain cells fried
You’ll be home by Christmas, dead or alive.

I wish I was back in the US of A
Instead of dodgin’ rockets in Fallujiay
There’s a lady with my tattoo on her so special
Dream of her and me out in the desert
She ridin’ round in her Daddy’s Ford Explorer
I’m kickin’ in doors, hey, I thought this war was over
Got sand in my nose, sand in my eyes
But the sand can’t cover up the sights of a
Sniper with my number, got his finger on the trigger
Hope my baby’s okay, I’m still waitin’ for a letter
All I get are emails, so much left unsaid
It’s hot here, baby, but it’s so cold inside my head.

Mission accomplished, yeah, up on deck
Got no armor for my Humvee, I’m left facin’ this train wreck
Shia don’t like me, want Islamic Revolution
Sunni say civil war is part of the solution
Maybe someday there’ll be peace in Fallujah
McDonald’s on the boulevard, Cadillac cruisin’
I’m tryin’ hard to keep this whole thing straight
But will someone tell me what am I doin’ here in the first place?

I am a little slow when it comes to music nowadays so I wouldn't be surprised if many of you were aware of this song but if you haven't already heard it -
You can listen to it here:
Downtown Baghdad Blues - Black 47

So, hearing that song reminded me of the Bright Eyes song - When the President Talks to God. It is not very subtle but it sumed up my feelings pretty well when it came out last year. Here are the lyrics-

"When the President Talks to God"

When the president talks to God
Are the conversations brief or long?
Does he ask to rape our women's' rights
And send poor farm kids off to die?
Does God suggest an oil hike
When the president talks to God?

When the president talks to God
Are the consonants all hard or soft?
Is he resolute all down the line?
Is every issue black or white?
Does what God say ever change his mind
When the president talks to God?

When the president talks to God
Does he fake that drawl or merely nod?
Agree which convicts should be killed?
Where prisons should be built and filled?
Which voter fraud must be concealed
When the president talks to God?

When the president talks to God
I wonder which one plays the better cop
We should find some jobs. the ghetto's broke
No, they're lazy, George, I say we don't
Just give 'em more liquor stores and dirty coke
That's what God recommends

When the president talks to God
Do they drink near beer and go play golf
While they pick which countries to invade
Which Muslim souls still can be saved?
I guess god just calls a spade a spade
When the president talks to God

When the president talks to God
Does he ever think that maybe he's not?
That that voice is just inside his head
When he kneels next to the presidential bed
Does he ever smell his own bullshit
When the president talks to God?

I doubt it

I doubt it

You can watch him perform the song on the Tonight Show here:

If you know of any other Bush Administration protest songs I should check out - leave me a link. Like I said, I am a little slow with music so it is exciting for me to find something new.

Anyways...That is what has been going on with me. I'll get back to "Morning Round Up" tomorrow. It seems like I have missed alot. So, if I have time - expect a "Best of the Week" type blog as I get caught up on what everyone has been talking about lately.

Take Care and stay well!

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